The Wine Society is one of my current favourite retailers. Good buying, and honest pricing, with relatively low margins and no special offers. They have just added three wines to their own label range, and they are sourced from interesting producers, so I was intrigued to see how they tasted.
The Society’s Exhibition Douro 2011 Portugal
From Quinta do Vale Meao, foot trodden and aged in French oak. Fresh black cherry fruit nose with some stony notes. Sweetly fruited palate with supple black fruits and some spiciness, as well as nice structure and acidity. Supple, interesting and drinkable. 91/100 (£13.50 The Wine Society)
The Society’s Exhibition Merlot 2012 Napa Valley, California
From Frog’s Leap: 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in French and American oak for 18 months. Fresh, supple, slightly sappy cherry fruit nose with nice blackberry and blackcurrant notes too. The juicy, fresh palate has a gravelly edge with subtle green notes and direct blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. So fresh and vital, this is a pure wine not lacking in ripeness but with a lovely leafy freshness to it. 90/100 (£14.95 The Wine Society)
The Society’s Exhibition Pinotage 2013 Stellenbosch, South Africa
From Kanonkop, fermented in open concrete lagares. Deep coloured, this has a fresh sweet blackcurrant fruit nose with some green characters and a hint of mint. The palate is supple with a green edge to the raspberry fruit. It’s sweet and fresh with a vivid personality, and a hint of grip. 89/100 (£10.50 The Wine Society)